In a follow-up on the outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to contact with live poultry, 368 additional cases were reported in the past month, bringing the total to 465 ill people reported from 42 states.
86 people (36% of those with information available) have been hospitalized. One death in Oklahoma has been reported. The CDC reports about one-third of the ill people are children younger than 5 years.
Almost twice as many Salmonella infections linked to contact with backyard poultry have been reported this year as compared to this time last year.
Epidemiologic evidence shows that contact with backyard poultry (such as chicks and ducklings) is the likely source of these outbreaks.